New Terminal Building to Be Constructed at Port Zante for Second Cruise Pier
Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 20, 2019 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will construct a new terminal building to accommodate the second cruise pier and to further modernize the tourism industry in the twin island Federation.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, made this remark during his press briefing following a media tour of the construction site of the second pier at Port Zante on August 19.
He said after the completion of the second pier the “next step is that we move to the upland works because we intend to construct a new terminal building.”
The honourable minister said that the purpose of the new terminal building will be to “accommodate the new arrivals on the new ships and to eliminate congestion deriving from the terminal.”
As the Minister responsible for Transport as well, Minister Liburd said the Government took into consideration the taxi drivers and tour operators, and as such will make accommodation for a dispatch terminal that will be constructed east of Port Zante “to comfortably accommodate the taxi operations and independent tour operators.”
Honourable Liburd also noted that the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) will assume full control of the operations at the terminal in keeping with its mandate as the ports’ authority.
Construction of the second cruise pier is one of several major capital projects currently being pursued by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis with the entire cost of the project at US$48 million.